On October 31, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its Home Health Final Rule for 2023. After tremendous industrywide advocacy efforts, our united voices were heard. CMS finalized an increase of 0.7% for 2023 for Medicare Home Health providers, resulting in an additional $125 million in payment to the industry in 2023.
However, the fight is not over. CMS finalized a permanent 7.85% cut to Medicare home health services in the 2023 Home Health Prospective Payment System (HHPPS) Final Rule. CMS acknowledged that this significant cut would create an immense hardship for providers, and announced it would phase in half of the reduction—3.925%—for 2023, and implement the second half of the cuts beginning in 2024.
Home health providers along with our national partners are deeply disappointed that CMS finalized these cuts despite strong opposition from patients, providers, and lawmakers.